Alejandro De Aza out this weekend with back injury

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White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza made a premature exit Friday night after injuring his back on a slide into second base and is not action Saturday.

Sunday isn’t looking very promising either.

According to beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, De Aza was walking “gingerly” before Saturday’s game against the Royals and did not participate in any part of the pregame workout due to lingering soreness near his left oblique.

“It was something that was cramping up on him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the injury. “I think it’s more of being on the turf in Toronto. DeWayne [Wise] has filled in great, so we’ll give him a couple days.”

De Aza is batting .281/.346/.398 in 111 games this season while serving as Chicago’s primary leadoff man.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.